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Responder changes suit

with Tina McVeigh

In this lesson, Tina talks about responder changing suit. Watch the video to learn:

After you watch the video, go ahead and try playing these lesson hands. Hints will guide you through the auctions.

Beginners' Course Acol - Responder changes suit in Bridge

Review what you've learned by answering the questions below.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠KQ86QJ75 K86 ♣Q4

Pass
1
1♠
1NT
3NT
1 - the lowest available suit

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠J9852 AJ863 5 ♣K4

Pass
1
1♠
1NT
3NT
1♠ - the higher of two 5-card suits

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠A83 K63 743 ♣Q975

Pass
1
1♠
1NT
3NT
1NT - you're not strong enough to bid 2♣

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠T85 KQ6 J84 ♣AK97

Pass
1
1♠
1NT
3NT
3NT would be the best response because you don't have a 4-card major and you have enough for game, but 2♣ is also acceptable.

1NT Response

1NT response is a special bid with a specific message. It denies the ability to bid a suit at the 1-level and it also denies the strength to bid at the 2-level. This means that it may not be balanced. You are keeping the auction open in case partner is very strong.

Note: always bid a major suit if you can before bidding no-trumps.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠A2 65 K98652 ♣985

Pass
1♠
1NT
2
3NT
You are not strong enough to bid 2. You must bid 1NT.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠A842 65 K986 ♣985

Pass
1♠
1NT
2
2♠
Bid 1♠, not 1NT

Review: Responder's first bid

Limit Responses after a 1/♠ opening bid

With a fit:

Without a fit:

Unlimited responses

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